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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Day 6: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Hello from team 3313 Mechatronics!

Today started slow as we wait for certain parts to come in for our bot. Until then, we keep on perfecting the ideas that we have elaborated on. Our prototype, with time, will be in our midst very very soon. We can't wait.

In addition to the topics discussed today, we are thinking about having some fundraisers and meeting with our sponsors again. Hopefully, very soon. Right now we are confirming what we need to start to do so that we can have a successful season this year.

We can't wait until we get to see the other teams at week zero. Most importantly, thank you to all of the people who have supported us. That includes our mentors, the parents who have been helping us, other teams and our important sponsors.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Day 3, 4 and 5: The Wonderful Topic of Chairman's and Prototypes

Hello from Team 3313 Mechatronics!

Today, team members discussed the important topic of Chairman's and what we need to do over the next 3 weeks. We got the executive summary done today which is a good start for what we want to accomplish. As for the other parts of today we still continued to revise part of the final plan of the robot. We ordered some well needed parts for the bot today and when we receive the parts we can start building the prototype. As for right now we have started to build the shooting part of our bot, making sure that our idea is working.

We will keep on working, but for now.... have fun and build a bot! Can't wait to see all of the other teams at week zero! The team will be making sure to keep the rest of the robotics world updated.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 2: Shaping and Melding the Metal of Ideas

Hello, from Team 3313 Mechatronics,

Today was another productive day for the team. We all partnered up presenting even more ideas for how the robot might look and what we need to get to achieve our goals. Everyone worked together nicely. For now all of the teams are going to be working together until we start building our prototype and then from there after making the adjustments needed start building the real deal so that we can get ready for the busy season ahead of us.

Many ideas were presented. Even today we have come up so many ideas and can't wait to see what we get when we put all of them together. Today was super productive and everyone looked like they were having a whole bunch of fun. With the help of our sponsors and our school i bet that our team will be able to achieve great things.

Well, that's all for today. A big thank you to the teams for being fun and our sponsors who have helped us so much over these years. From Team 3313, we can't wait see the other teams at until week zero! Have fun and build a bot!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Day One: The Blossoming of New Ideas

Hello from team 3313 Mechatronics!

The long wait for the game reveal is now over. Yesterday, all the teams watched the interesting and amazing live stream that FIRST presented. Now, the real fun begins. All the teams will start to meld their ideas together to create something amazing. There are so many possibilities. Also, when it comes to the field there are over 10,000 possibilities. There is no expecting the unexpected. All the teams can do is build a bot that can handle certain challenges that is put before it. This game is a game of the mind that is most likely challenging all of the minds in the FIRST robotics league. No matter how hard something seems to the minds of individuals in each team, there is no giving up. The reward that you get from all of this hard work is the satisfaction that each person gets when they complete their robot.

Team 3313 has started off the meeting by reading the game manual and other regulations that is concerning the way our team can build the bot. Later, we started to discuss what we would want our bot to do as well as what we need to do to achieve these goals and create a really awesome bot. The chalkboard is written all over and chalk dust is flying as we get really busy writing down all of the ideas that members have presented. When we have presented an idea we discuss what is good about it and then we illustrate the weaknesses that the bot might have. From there we can change the bot to what we need and start building. We do our best to use a little part from each of the ideas to create the bot so that everyone can have a say in how the bot is going to be built.

Soon, we will be splitting up into different parts of the team. We will have the PR team, in charge of outreach events and our fundraising. We will have the programming team taking control of the "brains" of the robot so that our creation can come alive. Lastly, we will have our building working on the frame and the structure of the bot so that our creation can have a solid skeleton since having a strong bot is necessary for the roughness of the field. It may seem that we all work separately, but as the season starts pass, all of the teams will come together and create the team creation of our bot.

After ideas have been given, the Chairman's Team has started talking about some ideas of our own. Such as what costume theme we want to use and what we need to write to show the other teams that we did something awesome this year.  Today, we might build the prototype, but only after a couple hours of brainstorming. The team feels that we are going to have a pretty good bot this year. Team 3313 cannot wait until we get to see what all of the other teams are going to have built for the season. See you all at week zero. Most importantly have fun!

Friday, January 8, 2016


Hello from Team 3313 Mechatronics!

After a fun break we all came back together to start thinking about the busy adventure that lay in front of us. As of now many teams are excited about the game reveal that is happening tomorrow. Team 3313 is also excited about the season that lays before us. We are ready for the challenge and cannot wait until we get to see the full picture of the game this year. 

Everyone is teeming with excitement for tomorrow. We have been busy teaching programming and also teaching building strategies for what our robot might be. When we find out what the game exactly is we will start to fuse our ideas together to overcome the obstacles that we might face. We know that we will fail, but without failure there is no success. Failure only means we have something that we need to fix so that we can get better. 

On a further note, students have been learning and have been enjoying their time on the team. Soon, after we get the game we will start training certain positions for the drive team as well as some more programmers so that the work isn't put on one person.

Most importantly, i would like to say thank you to our wonderful sponsors that have been helping fund us these past few years. Without their support i don't know where the team would be today. I would also like to say thank you to all of the fantastic and amazing teams out there. Thank you for showing newcomers what it is like to be in this super fun and educational sport. Also, Team 3313 would like to thank you for being so helpful when we needed it. 

For a final note, Team 3313 can't wait until the game reveal tomorrow and we can't wait until we get to see the rest of the teams there. Have fun and robot on!